At last, a DPZ project close to home?
For all their success nationally and internationally, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk have yet to design a traditional neighborhood development (TND) in their home base, Miami-Dade County, and get it built. Their first success on that score will come if the University of Miami gains approval for a 136-acre TND on university-owned land near the Miami-Dade zoo, 12 miles from the Coral Gables campus.
Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, with Dover, Kohl & Partners, has master-planned a development called South Campus Village, which would contain up to 1,200 residences along with a public school, a public library, parks, and neighborhood shops. “It will be a real model,” said Michael Katz, president of Mamco, a nonprofit subsidiary the university established to carry out off-campus development. Detached houses, low-rise condominiums, and townhouses of varying sizes and prices would appeal to “workforce,” middle-, and upper-income brackets, according to Mamco.
The university is calling it an “academic village,” though houses there would be for sale to the general public, not restricted to people associated with UM. Included in the project, about a half-mile west of Florida’s Turnpike, would be a university “wellness center” and a branch of UM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The